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and israel. >> reporter: good morning. that vote will take place in the general assembly where there will be only observer status. to become a member you need u.n. security council and that won't happen because the u.s. will veto it. the u.s. and israel tried hard to get palestine not to go along with today's vote. but they are now down playing it it doesn't give palestine what it wants. it's quiet this morning outside the u.n. but demonstrators are expected to protest the vote on palestinian recognition. palestinians are seeking status as a nonmember observer. palestinians say they need u.n. recognition of a palestinian state in the west bank in order to get israel back to the negotiating table. the u.s. insists on direct negotiations with israel. >> the path to a two state solution is through jerusalem and ramallah, not new york. >> reporter: they recognized the palestine 1977 borders before israel fought and won part of palestinian land. >> we know the occupation will not disappear, we know that there might be certain consequences because israel wants to punish us. >> report
israel's captured lands in 1967. >> translator: general assembly is to issue a certificate of the reality of the state of palestine. >> reporter: thousands of palestinians celebrated in the west bank and gaza while in jerusalem israelis protested against palestinian statehood. the upgraded status from the united nations also grants the palestinians access to the international criminal court where they could file war crime charges against israel. >> the concern to the prosecutor of the international criminal court in the hague and make all kinds of charges against israeli officers never mind that they are baseless. >> reporter: the u.s. is standing with israel saying direct talks is the only way to achieve peace. >> today's unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path to peace. >> reporter: the palestinians say u.n. recognition of the 1967 borders is meant to salvage a peace deal not sabotage it. vinita nair for cbs news. >> coming up on the morning news, the latest on the record powerball jackpot and an early christmas for victims of hurricane sandy. s
that arafat was poisoned by israel. israel denies those allegations. >>> back this country, the white house says treasury secretary timothy geithner will leave the negotiations with republicans on the so called fiscal cliff, those tax increases and spending cuts that would kick in next year. lawmakers returned to washington yesterday amid some talk of compromise, but the issue of how to raise revenue remains a critical and hard to overcome sticking point. susan mcginnis is live in washington with more. >> reporter: those changes kick in if no alternative deal is made. as of now, both sides are still talking about their willingness to compromise, but when it comes to that main issue, raising tax rates, both sides are digging in. democratic senator dick durbin will give what's being called a major speech laying out a case for a bipartisan fiscal deal. he's a member of the senate's gang of eight, four democrats and four republicans who have collaborated on ways to reduce the nation's debt for two and a half years. democratic senator mark warner is part of the gang and says democrats are willin
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